Love is in the truffles [Healthy Vegan Marzipan Truffles]

Melt-in-your-mouth marzipan-like truffles made from just six simple ingredients. No refined sugar, vegan and adaptable for multiple dietary needs.

Can we talk about the weather for a second? Just yesterday it was still somewhat warm – at least given it’s winter – and now? Snow. Fridgid cold. My heating stopped working temporarily. And I could really do without having to scrape a thick layer of ice off my car in the morning. Not fun at all. So much so I wouldn’t mind paying someone to do it for me. Go and call me lazy – I know you don’t like it, either. And how about I offer pay in cookies or marzipan truffles?

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These were a result of spontaneous experimentation with ingredients I had at hand. Don’t you dislike buying food just for a recipe idea you have in mind and it not working out? Luckily, this one worked like a charm. Unfortunately not at a time that allowed for decent daylight pictures. But with Valentine’s Day quickly approaching I couldn’t wait to share the recipe no matter what. It’s the inside that counts after all.

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And what an inside! We’re talking truffles that are vegan, gluten-free, paleo-friendly, refined sugar-free* and – though I haven’t tried this version yet – could even be made raw. How’s that for a truffle uniting folks from just about  every diet? I’m admittedly not a fan of Valentine’s Day – at least not the comercialisation of it – but a truffle bringing people of different dietary preferences together just screams love to me. I’ll admit I was tempted to call these or at least this post love balls – which I’m sure Laura would have approved of – because these truffles show love for everyone. But I’m obviously aware of the touchy nature of such wordings.

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Marzipan Truffles

  • 1/4 cup + 1 1/2 tbsps almond meal  [~ 40 g]
  • 2 tbsps coconut flour, sifted
  • 1 heaping tbsp brown rice syrup* [see notes for substitutions]
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tbsps coconut oil, melted  [28 g]
  • 1/8 tsp almond extract [I used a small dropper bottle, adding about four drops]

Chocolate glaze:

  • 2 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped or sugar-free/stevia-sweetened chocolate [for fully refined sugar-free version] **
  • 1 tsp coconut oil


  1. Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl. Set aside.
  2. Mix the coconut oil, syrups and almond extract. Stir well until fully combined.
  3. Add dry ingredients into wet and mix to reach a smooth consistency. Put into the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Using a teaspoon, scoop out the dough and roll into balls.
  5. Melt the chocolate and coconut oil whichever way you prefer: stove-top, microwave, …
  6. Dip truffles in melted chocolate using a fork. Set on a plate leaving enough space in between truffles to set.



* for a paleo version, sub another tbsp of maple syrup or honey

** To make these raw use raw versions of all ingredients for the truffles, melt the coconut butter accordingly and sub a chocolate glaze like this one for the coating.

Okay, so yes, my finished truffles did contain refined sugar in the optional chocolate coating. But these are delicious even without this – and this is coming from a huge chocolate fiend. Actually, I dare you to try the recipe and not feel tempted to eat the dough with a spoon instead of rolling it into shape. I warned you, duty done.

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Spreading the marzipan truffle love with Gluten-Free Tuesdays, Strange but good, RecipeFriday, Lean Lena’s Tasty Tuesday, Gluten-Free Wednesdays, Recipe of the Week, Real Food RecipesTasty Tuesdays, Healthy Vegan Friday and #glutenfreefridays.


Happiness-inducing today: The latest issue of my favourite magazine. My parents got me a subscription for Christmas [actually the only gift I’d asked for] and it’s filled with amazing content again.


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Who wants to come take care of my car in exchange for cookies 😉 ?

Valentine’s Day: Just a holiday to raise sales of flower vendors and chocolate companies or the definition of romance?

How are you spending it if you celebrate? As you guessed I don’t plan on celebrating it but if I can get away with spending a small fortune on chocolate for myself – I’m in!

13 thoughts on “Love is in the truffles [Healthy Vegan Marzipan Truffles]

  1. Irina says:

    These look so delicious! Definitely bookmarked 🙂 I actually don’t like Marzipan but I love the combination you used to make your version. I suspect I would end up loving the taste! I’ve never been into Valentine’s Day even when I was in a relationship, but I always use it as an excuse to bake for others and try out new dessert recipes. For the past few years I’ve even been sending love care packages to my mom, sister, and besties! It’s so much fun and always makes me feel like I’m embracing the true meaning of the holiday.

  2. Lean Lena says:

    These look SO delicious! and not so difficult to make, either. Thanks so much for this awesome Valentine’s Day idea and for sharing it with Tasty Tuesday last week! Hope to see you again tomorrow.
    Stay warm 🙂

  3. vegetarianmamma says:

    Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays Party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! 🙂 I can’t wait to see what you share next time!

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